Friday, March 6, 2015

The Bachelor's Baby by Dani Collins

Your date with Bachelor #3 includes champagne and chocolate in the limo that collects you, a helicopter tour of Marietta and the surrounding mountains and valleys, and dinner at a five star restaurant in Great Falls. While oil baron Linc Brady wines and dines you, a maid service will completely clean your home.
Who could resist this tempting offer, but Meg Canon plans to do just that. She is only home to clean out her childhood bedroom for her brother’s new step-daughter and then she’s outta her childhood small town and back to her life in Chicago, but when she meets the sexy, renegade millionaire while she’s stuck in the snow, sparks fly and Meg is tempted to maybe stay a little longer.

Linc Brady is new in town and happy to help a kid in need, but this? Technically he doesn’t owe Meg a damned thing after she bids on him, after setting him up for the Marietta bachelor auction in the first place, but her high-class city polish is his fatal weakness and makes her impossible to forget. When she agrees to come home with him, he makes it clear he’s a confirmed bachelor. This is a one-night thing. One night that turns into nine months and maybe a lifetime…?

Series: Bachelor's Auction #3 | Publisher: Montana Born | Source: Publisher | Rating: 4 Cups

So far, The Bachelor’s Baby is my favorite novel from the Bachelor’s Auction series.
When Meg gets her brother’s truck stuck in a snow bank, Marietta’s newest resident and handsome millionaire, Linc Brady, offers to help. Although when he also offers a one-night stand, Meg finds herself wanting to say yes but rather than going back to his place, she gets Lily Taylor to rope him into the bachelor’s auction much to Linc’s chagrin.
“Can you tell me if these are self-screwing?” She held up the box in her hand.
His scruffed beard seemed to bristle as his jar hardened.
“Oh, you’ve got a handful of screw yourself,” he assured her.
She swallowed back a laugh, pretty sure that would get her into more trouble than she already stood in. Instead, she turned the box over in her hands. She hadn’t had this much fun in ages. “Maybe one nail would be simpler?”
“Why are you so pissed off?” he demanded.
“I’m not, I’m really not,” she insisted. “I think it’s funny.”
“You think tricking me into standing on a stage and have women bid on me like a stud bull is funny?”
Now the fight is on and the attraction is even stronger when Meg and Linc enter into a bidding war over himself. Finally giving in, the two share a night of passion that results in a pregnancy that rocks their worlds.
Sexually charged and entertaining, The Bachelor’s Baby had me glued from the first page.
While the surprise baby trope was a bit predictable, the characters had me reading until the wee hours of the morning.
Having been adopted as a baby, Meg has always wondered who her birth parents were and why they had given her up. Because of this, she struggles with finding herself, yet when she enters into a one-night stand with Linc, she’s finally is free to be her true herself.
I liked Meg, at times she could be a bit ‘poor me’ and whiney but at the same time she was likable and realistic.
Linc was an enjoyable yet realistically flawed hero. He’s content living his life having a string of one-night stands to avoid emotional connections. Issues in his past have kept him from establishing a firm and lasting relationship with a woman although when Meg’s in his bed, he starts to realize just how big his new house is for just one man. His character defiantly had more of a character arc and it was interesting watching as he came to grips with the baby situation as well as having an actual relationship.
“C’mere,” he invited, lifting his arm to make a space beside him.
“You cuddle?” She slid down on the bed, more for the cover of the blankets than anything, and let him pull her into his cooled skin.
“I prefer to think of it as after-play with potential, but sure.”
The chemistry between the characters was amazing. I enjoyed how they went from potential lovers to sparring partners to lovers then finally working on establishing a relationship.
The pacing ebbed and flowed and I thought that a few things felt a bit rushed here and there, but it was a short story so I see why the author did it.
Overall, I’m loving the Bachelor’s Auction series. Each time I pick up a Montana Born book, it’s like visiting old friends. I cannot wait to read the next one.

Bachelor Auction Series

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